This 1811 novel is the story of a young girl whose parentage is unknown but obviously well-to-do. Abandoned at an elite boarding school but befriended by a chance-met stranger, her life is full of mystery... and humor! Possibly the only novel ever written in which a dog's pedigree is mistaken for that of the heroine. No wonder it went through so many editions! ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance, Regency Source: 1822 J. Gleave edition
Welcome to Coralio, a pleasant South American coastal town. Heading for it is President Miraflores, who has abandoned his job but brought along an opera singer and a good chunk of his nation's treasury. A motley crew of expatriates and locals is waiting for him, and so is his strange fate.... Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance, humor Source: Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry
This is _the_ medieval management book, written by the pope who set up the Catholic Church to survive the Dark Ages. It was written for bishops and read by huge numbers of European lay leaders as well as church ones. This is the book that King Alfred so wanted to spread around that he had it translated into English. This is a book that still has important lessons today. The first part considers what sort of person you ought to have in charge and what sort not, as well as good and bad reasons... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, leadership Source: Trans. by Barmby, from Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. XII
He's talked about why the Gnostics are wrong about God. Now it's time for Irenaeus to talk about what the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Tradition of the Church have to say. Book I Book II Book IV Book V ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers
After a period of Imperial persecution, the Bishop of Carthage writes to his flock about those people who didn't stand up to it, but readily agreed to sacrifice to the Emperor and the gods. He urges these people to repent, confess their sins, and do penance. He also denounces those who provide the lapsed with invalid forms of reconciliation with the Church or tell them that their sins aren't serious, thus endangering the souls of the lapsed. Complete in 2 parts. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion
A deacon requests advice on how best to explain the faith to people who want to become Christian, how to know how he's doing at it, and how to keep it interesting both to them and himself. Augustine's answer touches on all sorts of things, from teaching, public speaking, and linguistics to salvation history and the psychology of converts. Interesting and useful stuff! Translated by the Rev. C.L. Cornish, 1847. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Seventeen Short Treatises of St. Augustine, trans. by C.L. Cornish and H. Browne, 1847.
The mysteries of Cullerne begin to manifest, as Mrs. Joliffe receives a flattering offer to buy a worthless painting, and a mysterious stranger appears. The church organist has the strange impression that he's being followed and watched. And nobody will listen to Mr. Westray, the young architect, and his fears that the church tower is ready to fall.... By the author of Moonfleet and The Lost Stradivarius. Part 1 Part 2 ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner, 1903.
The classic poem continues with more fantasy Crusade adventure, as the siege of Jerusalem begins and one of the most prominent Crusaders is killed with a sharp piece of irony. A courtly love triangle from afar is revealed: the Christian knight Tancred, the Saracen lady knight Clorinda, and Erminia, the exiled Saracen princess of Antioch. Meanwhile, the wizard king of Damascus sends his niece, the lovely witch Armida, to seduce and destroy the Crusaders by any means possible. Then there's a... Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, romance, fantasy
This directory only contains a few chapters of Little Fuzzy. All of these chapters are also available over on the main page (because I put them there after the main page became available again). So this is pretty much a duplicate page, but I don't have the power to delete it as far as I know. Sorry for the confusion. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction Source: Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
Cullerne is a tiny marsh town which once was a great seaport. Westray, a young architect working for a restoration firm, comes to help fix its massive church. But before he's even been in town a day, he's already learning about the strange cracks running through its residents as well as the church tower. By the author of Moonfleet, and The Lost Stradivarius. Part 1 | Part 3 Sorry for all the accumulating parts, but the archive.org servers keep filling up before I can put up more parts! The... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner, 1903.
A sermon on the Virgin Mary's death and assumption into Heaven by St. John of Damascus (aka St. John Damascene). ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: On holy images, followed by three sermons on the Assumption. Tr. by Mary H. Allies, 1898.
The planet Zarathustra is going through a dry spell. Land-prawns, ecologists, and scared bureaucrats are coming out of the woodwork. But there's more trouble to come. The cutest little alien critter you've ever seen: Little Fuzzy. This book is widely regarded as a minor sf classic, and is much loved. ( 5 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction Source: Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
An epic poem and piece of historical fiction set during the First Crusade. This is considered one of the three great Italian epic poems, along with Dante's Divine Comedy and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. The poem primarily focuses on Rinaldo and his hopeless love for a Saracen woman warrior, and on many historical personages made more romantic. Translation by Edward Fairfax; published in London, 1600. Part 2 | Part 3 Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, romance, fantasy
Bishop Asterius of Amasea (c. 375-405 AD) talks about Christ's ideas on marriage, the wonderfulness of wives, and why casual divorce is a Bad Idea. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ancient Sermons for Modern Times, tr. by Galusha Anderson and Edgar Johnson Goodspeed
Cullerne, once a Dorset seaport, now is a tiny town in the middle of a marshy nowhere. Its huge old church badly needs restoration, and Arthur Westray is sent by his firm to handle matters. But sleepy Cullerne is full of old secrets and mysteries, and everywhere you look is the Blandamer coat of arms -- the Nebuly Coat. (John Meade Falkner is also the author of Moonfleet and The Lost Stradivarius.) Part 2 Part 3 ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner, 1903.
The foundation document for Sherlockian studies, this is also a hilarious satire of Biblical and literary criticism. The author, Ronald A. Knox, later became better known as Msgr. Ronald A. Knox, Bible translator and mystery writer. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, essays, comedy, Mystery Source: "Sources in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes", 1911
Mr. Carlyle (Not a private detective! A private inquiry agent!) is desperate to solve his current case, and needs an after-hours expert opinion on a certain coin. Why on earth would the coin dealer recommend a blind man? Ernest Bramah wrote some great Oriental fantasy (the Kai Lung series), but he also wrote several collections' worth of Max Carrados detective stories. Enjoy. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
"I found a drunken hobo at Atlantic City who was the best detective I ever saw." From Melville Davisson Post, the turn-of-the-century American lawyer and mystery writer (and 1924 presidential candidate), a story of detective skill in an unexpected place. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Sleuth of St. James Street, by Melville Davisson Post
A guide to the spiritual riches of the simple prayer called the Lord's Prayer or the "Our Father", from a bishop of North Africa martyred in AD 258. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 5
An epic poem about the tragic Roman civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompeius (Pompey), which also figuratively chronicles Lucan's own realization that his good friend, patron, and new emperor, Nero, has become a danger to his people. The poem ends prematurely, because Lucan was executed for plotting to overthrow Nero. Immensely influential to Western civilization and a true classic, though sadly forgotten over the last hundred years (when folks should have read it). Translated by Sir Edward... Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, History Source: Pharsalia by Lucan, tr. by Sir Edward Ridley, 1896.
Jul 7, 2006byCharles Carroll and the Delegates of Maryland
On July 6, 1776, before the Declaration of Independence had been ratified by the conventions of the colonies, Maryland declared itself independent in these words. Drafted by Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, this moving declaration displays a subtly different understanding of the grievances and rights of the people of the colonies. (Though the complaints about being treated like slaves sound ironic to modern ears.) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history Source: The Chronicles of Baltimore, by Col. J. Thomas Scharf, 1874
Now that Irenaeus has given us a rundown on Gnostic teachers, beliefs, and practices, he moves to suggesting arguments against such beliefs. These arguments also provide an interesting look at theology in Irenaeus' day. Book I Book III Book IV Book V ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
In the final ten chapters of this funny classic novel, Mr. Sponge confronts the New Year, children, and falling in love. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy Source: Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour by R.S. Surtees, 1852
The classic story of a man who learns to love his country when it is taken away from him. This complete and unabridged version from Hale's 1868 story collection includes many incidents cut from textbooks, as well as an illuminating introduction by the author which reveals unknown facts about the tale. Listen to it again for the very first time! Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: The Man Without a Country and Other Tales by Edward Everett Hale, 1868.
Here's the contention: mind is the master of all things. Here's the bet: that a scrawny professor can escape a prison cell on Death Row in one week. What will happen in this duel between the warden of Chisholm Prison and the Thinking Machine? Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: "The Prisoner of Cell 13" by Jacques Futrelle, 1907
Prose translation (into Malory-style English) of a Arthurian romance in verse written in medieval Dutch. It tells the story of Sir Perceval's nephew, Morien, son of a princess of the Moors. He comes to Britain on a quest to find his vanished father. After some misunderstanding, he is joined on his quest by Sir Lancelot and Sir Gawain. Notable for its positive portrayal of an African knight, but also an interesting story, well-told. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy, Arthurian Source: The Romance of Morien, tr. by Jessie L. Weston
Published in 1496 as part of the Book of St. Albans, and written by an English prioress, this little treatise explains how to make a telescoping fishing rod, fishing line, and hooks. It also explains how to fish, when, and where. However, for the non-angler, the real pleasure of this treatise is its pleasant tone and small nuggets of wisdom. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, fishing
The spiritual classic about dark nights of the soul, and how to start to achieve union with God through prayer, begins with a look at the "night of sense". The second book deals with the "night of faith". Then the third book deals with the "night of the memory and will". The final two books of the five book treatise are generally printed separately and called The Dark Night of the Soul. So I have also recorded them separately. ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism
The classic 2nd century study and analysis of Christian Gnosticism in all its extant variants, as collected both from Gnostic writings and discussions with Gnostic teachers (as well as ex-Gnostics). Since Irenaeus was studying Gnosticism to help others change Gnostics' minds, he strove for as much accuracy as possible in his account. And in fact, you will find that his account of Gnosticism tallies closely with that of the recently rediscovered Gnostic writings. Book II Book III Book IV Book V ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
May 20, 2006bySt. Perpetua, St. Saturus, and Anon.
Tells the story of the arraignment, imprisonment and execution in the arena of a young Roman noblewoman and her friends from the church in Africa. Contains one of the few autobiographical accounts from the ancient world written by a woman -- and an African woman at that! -- which have come down to us. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion
A description by early Christians of the death of St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey), in about AD 155. Includes a classic explanation of why a martyr's remains were important, and relates martyrdom to the Eucharistic liturgy. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion
Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna writes to the Church in Philippi. At their request, the subject is righteousness and righteous living. Apparently, this letter was written either shortly before or after St. Ignatius of Antioch's martyrdom, as the Philippians are anxious to read Ignatius' letters and Polycarp is anxious to hear tidings of Ignatius. Way before the Council of Nicaea, though; so listen and find out what Christianity was like towards the end of its first century! Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
On his way to martyrdom in Rome, Bishop Ignatius of Antioch (then in Syria; now Antakya, Turkey) wrote letters to the Church in several cities of the Empire. Seven of these letters survive. By the way, you'll notice that the good bishop is not shy about calling Jesus "God". (So much for that Da Vinci Code silliness....) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
As Dr. Berkeley's dreams crumble, new evidence is discovered. And it may be a matter of life or death for his friends.... Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance
In third century Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, on Easter Sunday, the candidates were baptized and received Communion for the first time. During the next week, St. Cyril taught short classes about what exactly was the meaning of these Mysteries. The Mystagogical Lectures are actual transcriptions of those classes. Great stuff both for students of religion and history. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. VII
In an America where civilization has collapsed, a young man named Hull Tarvish sets out to see the world -- and to fight the rising power of Joaquin Smith's empire. (Prequel to The Black Flame.) Weinbaum's first published story, "A Martian Odyssey", changed science fiction forever. He died of throat cancer 15 months later, in 1935. However, stories he'd written before being published continued to come out for years after he died; so he continued to exert influence on the field after... Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance
It's almost Easter, and Cyril concludes his classes for those about to be received into Baptism and Communion with the Church with rousing lectures on the Last Judgement, Antichrist, the Holy Spirit, and other stuff they need to know. Now also including the last two of the Mystagogical Lectures, because there was no room at the server for them. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Mystagogical Lectures Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
A mysterious man lurks among the mummies of the Louvre. What strange secret is held by the Ring of Thoth? First published in Cornhill Magazine, 1890. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction Source: The Captain of the Polestar, and Other Tales, 1890
The legal maneuvering begins as the Edwardian forensic investigation continues. What is behind the scattering of bones? What do the police know that young Dr. Jervis doesn't? And what does Dr. Thorndyke have up his sleeve? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
Mr. Sponge hunts with Sir Harry Scattercash's hounds (yes, he actually gets to hunt). But he doesn't have quite as much fun as he should've had. And his host is growing impatient, both with his stay and his popularity with his wife. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy
Famous people have doubles to spare them danger. Wouldn't a normal person find one useful, too? Of course he would! Until something went wrong, anyway. This story, which appeared in the September 1859 issue of Atlantic Monthly, was the first story ever sold by Edward Everett Hale. (He later wrote "The Man Without a Country".) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy
A broad popular survey of European history, emphasizing Europe's continuity of civilization from the days of the Roman Empire to the present day, as well as the importance of the Catholic Church to European history and life. This is Belloc at his quirkiest. His hatred of corporation capitalism and his love of diversity in unity are both on display, as he argues for the proposition that the Roman Empire never really fell. (He also insists on the special importance of France and England to... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion Source: Europe and the Faith by Hilaire Belloc, 1920
St. Cyril continues to tell the catechumens, previously exposed only to the Scriptures, everything they need to know about the Church. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 | Mystagogical Lectures Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
From the Golden Age of Spanish drama, this play is based on the legend of St. Patrick's Purgatory, a famous pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. It also references the Irish-origin legends about St. Patrick. Translated into English in the same verse meters as the original, and very well done, too. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Religion, Plays, St. Patrick's Day Source: English translation by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The spiritual bestseller from the Middle Ages ends with more advice on how to receive Holy Communion (often, and with feeling), how to ask God for greater devotion, and how to fully appreciate the gift you are receiving. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3:Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4:Part 1 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
Just in the nick of time, Mr Sponge receives an invitation from another unsuspecting host. This one wants a rich godfather for his baby boy. Little does he know that Sponge isn't exactly the ideal choice.... Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy